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With a force of armed men, a former mujahideen chases across the desert of Yemen to recover his Saudi wife, kidnapped by her powerful father, a prince of the Kingdom. The kidnapping turns violent, she is badly wounded, and the PJs are dropped into the vast sere badlands to rescue the princess and a young American diplomat swept up in the plot. The mission becomes a minute-by-minute race between the pursuing husband’s band of tribal allies and the PJs rushing to the rescue, as the princess’s life seeps away.
The Empty Quarter is a pulse-quickening tour de force featuring the tactics and men of modern combat search-and-rescue and the complex politics of today’s Arabian peninsula. It’s a moving tale of desperate love and sacrifice set in the wastes of the Rub’ al Khali, the world’s largest and harshest sand desert.
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By L.L. Hall on 01-27-15
Took me a while to get into it.
I started this book, then stopped before the end of the second chapter. I had a hard time connecting to the story. I read another book that, coincidentally, had some "military" stuff in it & decided to give this book another go. I'm glad I took the time to "get into it", and ended up enjoying the book. Being both a woman & non-military, I think it was initially hard for me to connect to the military "lingo", but, I looked up the things I didn't "get" & eventually it made sense & I could follow the story. I also looked up some of the Middle Eastern references to try to better understand that part of the story.
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